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Columbus Jews welcome all faiths to service in wake of Pittsburgh synagogue massacre

Rabbi Beth Schwartz is the spiritual leader of Temple Israel in Columbus.
Rabbi Beth Schwartz is the spiritual leader of Temple Israel in Columbus. mhaskey@ledger-enquirer.com

In the wake of last week’s massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue, the Columbus Jewish congregations of Temple Israel and Shearith Israel will co-host a unity prayer service for the community of all faiths.

Friday’s service, starting at 6:30 p.m., will be conducted in Temple Israel, 1617 Wildwood Ave. Memorial prayers will be included as part of the temple’s regular Sabbath service.

In her letter to fellow Columbus clergy, Rabbi Beth Schwartz of Temple Israel wrote, “Antisemitism is a poison that eats away at all human souls as surely as it targets Jews, and that antisemitism is linked to other hatreds. In spite of the threat that we feel here when antisemitism manifests itself elsewhere, we wish to hold our heads up, and invite you to worship with us as we welcome the Sabbath this Friday.”

Schwartz added, “The Columbus Police Department will be providing security for us, as they have done faithfully for many years. “

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